SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir marked the Indian Independence Day on Wednesday amid tight security and complete shutdown called by separatists.
The main function was held at Bhakshi stadium in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
The region's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hoisted the Indian national flag and saluted the parade of police, paramilitary troopers, cadets and school children who marched past the podium.
In his address, Abdullah said he was hopeful that the dialogue between India and Pakistan would yield results.
Abdullah reiterated the necessity of dialogue to find out ways and means of addressing Kashmir issue politically in an atmosphere of peace and amity.
"Both internal and external dimensions of Kashmir issue require equal focusing," Abdullah said.
He also appealed separatists to discuss their viewpoints with the Government of India.
The authorities had imposed severe restrictions around the Bhakshi stadium and deployed shooters on the rooftop of houses around the venue. For the first time, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ( UAV) was seen hovering over the Bakshi Stadium. The gadget was used by police as part of their security measures to ward off any possible militant attack.
"Multi-tier security measures were put in place to ensure smooth function here," said a senior police officer.
The Srinagar city and other major towns in the region observed a complete shutdown in response to a strike call by separatist groups against New Delhi's rule. Traffic was also off the roads.
Hundreds of Indian paramilitary troopers and policemen were deployed on deserted roads of Srinagar and major towns to prevent militant attack on the 66th Indian Independence Day.
A guerrilla war has been ongoing between separatist militants and Indian troops in the region since 1989.